It is more like a jolly sex ride in Disneyland. For me, it brings to mind the famous Peace Bed of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. That, also has the whiff of a 5 star hotel, but the self imprisonment of two people in the name of peace is undeniably powerful.
There have been other beds, some fairground and goofy, others more serious. The Ron Mueck bed astounds and repels at the same time, creating a wonderful memorable play on our expectations, while not really upsetting or disturbing expectations.
For playfulness, it would be hard to top the distorted Bedroom Suite by Claes Oldenburg, playing with the forced perspective of furniture catalogues. A bed which will not provide rest, triggers a pop surrealism of materialist nightmares.
One of the most memorable bed works has got to be the Peace Bed with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. It had everything – political commitment, an immortal rock star, and the attention of the world’s media. Plus it was sexy.